What is a vin de france ?
Created in 2009 for the European wine market organisation, the term Vin de France replaces "table wine". Certification has been managed from the beginning by FranceAgriMer.
Vins de France: wines "without geographical indication".
Contrary to protected designations of origin (PDO) and protected indications of origin (PGI), French wines cannot highlight a specific geographical location (region / department / town / city) to promote the qualities of its wine.
The word "France" is in itself a geographical indication. Wine without a geographical indication" should be understood as a wine without a geographical indication more precise than the country of production.
Few production constraints
Unlike PDOs or PGIs, winemaker is not required to comply with any specifications inherent in the designation areas. (yield / Grape variety / density of plantation / alcoholic volume).
Vins de France wines, for example, allow the blending of grapes from different origins, regions and vintages.
The only obligation is therefore that the grapes must be harvested and transformed into wine on French territory.
A simplified label
The words "wine" and "France" must appear on the label.
On the other hand, certain words that can give a geographical indication cannot be used when referring to Vin De France. For example: "Abbey, Bastide, Campagne, Chapelle, Château, Clos, Commanderie, Cru, Winery, Hospices, Mas, Manoir, Monastère, Monopole, Moulin, Prieuré, Tour".
It is also forbidden to use images that may evoke a geographical indication.
The name of Grape variety and the vintage can be indicated on Vin de France
To do this, winemaker must propose to FranceAgriMer validation a documentary system (blending register, wine accompanying documents, etc.) allowing the traceability of Grape variety and/or the vintage.
Vin de France and vin dit nature
As a result of several cases that have shaken the mundovino recently, many so-called "natural" winegrowers have moved away from PDOs in favour of vin de France. This has made it easier for them to adapt the wine produced to the vintage or to give free rein to their creativity. Some of them also take advantage of this to bring back to life forgotten autochthonous grape varieties from protected designation of origin areas.
Numerous collaborations have also seen the light of day, under the label Vin de France, between winegrowers from different French winegrowing regions in order to offer original vintages combining two areas of expertise for a sometimes audacious grape blend.
Once considered a gamble, French wines now represent an important part of the French winegrowing landscape. They are no longer considered only as table wines. But they are more like UFOs, great wines, wines of friends, wines of thirst, terroir wines, strange wines, everyday wines.
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